When you become disabled with a chronic illness that you know nothing about you end up spending hours and hours reading everything you can about it. It’s overwhelming when it’s Lyme Disease because there is SO much information online but every time I read stuff I feel I know less and less about this disease. There are so many terms to learn too. Like Spirochetes? WTH? I really should have gotten a medical degree instead of accounting.
What are Spirochetes?
Spirochetes are spiral-shaped bacteria which look like this.
These spiral-shaped cork screw bacteria are the cause of Lyme Disease, Borrelia Burgdorferi. And there are many strains of this bacteria. The International Lyme and Associated Disease Society states “There are 5 subspecies of Borrelia Burgdorferi, over 100 strains in the USA, and 300 strains worldwide.”
Because of the nature of the bacteria (cork screw) it can go through your blood and tissues so it can cause damage in all parts of your body. This is why Lyme Disease is a multi-system disease and why is is so hard to detect. The Spirochetes are really clever and can take different forms and hide in your body undetected. And these Borrelia Spirochetes can lay dormant in your body for years or even decades before they come out and cause damage. This is the important reason why you should see a Lyme Literate MD if you get bit by a tick. Because you may think nothing of it now and you won’t even think anything is wrong even if you get flu-like symptoms after getting bit. Because you will think it’s the flu and not the tick bite because you did not get a bulls-eye rash.
Previous Posts in this Series
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post # 7 Testing for Lyme Disease
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post # 6 What are Symptoms of Lyme Disease?
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post # 5 What are Symptoms of Lyme Disease?
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #4 The Great Imitator
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post #3 What is Lyme Disease?
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post#2: Prevention is the only cure!
May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month Blog Post#1 Lyme Disease Awareness Month Begins